Murrumbateman Winery Summer 2016-17 Newsletter

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Find out about Christmas trading hours, what's coming up in 2017 and the highlights of 2016.

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Murrumbateman Winery newsletter spring 2016
Welcome to our spring 2016 newsletter.  We’ve got a BIG quarter coming up, kicking off with Mollie’s dog party and wine launch this Saturday. We’ve also got barrel tasting, four flight wine tastings, a dinner night in Canberra, festival weekends and bottle your own Sangiovese. Check out the info below.
We kicked off last quarter with a trip to Adelaide for a friend’s wedding. Jen stayed on for a couple extra weeks to see family and check out wineries in the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. 
We also bottled our 2016 whites and 2015 reds, hosted a Christmas in July dinner, launched our 2015 Shiraz and held a very successful multi-vintage Shiraz tasting.
Bob, owner and winemaker

Mollie's dog party and wine launch, 3 September

On Saturday 3 September from 10am to 5pm Mollie is hosting a dog party to launch her second vintage Sauvignon Blanc. She’s inviting friendly dogs and their human companions to join her in celebration.

This event is dog and child friendly. Cheese plates, dip & olive plates, scones and hot snacks available. 

Want more information? Visit the Facebook event page.

Four wine flight


What's coming up?

We’re jumping in head first to keep your wine side indulged. Find out more on our Upcoming Events page.

  • Barrel tasting. Enjoy a guided tasting of our 2016 reds as they’re maturing in barrel. Dates: 4 Sept and 3 Oct.
  • Dinner & a Drop, 8 September. Join us at the Loft at Duxton's in O'Connor for a 5 course 5 wine dinner night.
  • Four wine blind tasting, 17 September. Chat about the aromas, flavours and textures of four mystery wines.
  • Moving Feast Festival, 1-2 October. Roving degustation of the best Murrumbateman has to offer. Join us for scallops, pork belly and salted caramel scones.
  • Festival of Flavour, 29-30 October. Held at the Murrumbateman Oval, the Festival promises to indulge you with the Canberra regions best food, wine and music.
  • Wine Club, November. Wine Club members will receive they half yearly wine allocation.
  • Bottle your own Sangiovese, 25-26 November. Find out how to bottle, cap and label wine and take home six of your own bottles. 

Christmas is almost here

We know, we know. It’s months away. It will sneak up on you!
  • Christmas parties. We’ve got you covered: wine tasting, food, wine, more wine? Want something different? We can organize stealing santa, wine trivia or blind tastings. Check out our Christmas 2016 page for more info.
  • Christmas dog party, 3 December. Dogs deserve parties too. Pooch photos with Santa and a dog toy drive for the RSPCA.
  • Christmas wine tasting, 10 December. Four wines (including our famous white "Christmas in a glass" fortified) and four tasty themed morsels.

Christmas is July dinner

What have we been up to?

Since our last newsletter we've bottled our 2016 whites (Riesling, Sav Blanc), 2016 rosé, and 2015 reds (Malbec, Shiraz and Cabernet). We've also hosted some great events, including:

  • Christmas in July | 2015 Cabernet launch. The wine, roast carvery and Christmas puddling was delicious, but the show stopper was a game of stealing santa - what ever happened to those fluffy handcuffs?
  • Duck & lamb dinner | 2015 Leela Shiraz launch. Named after Bob's niece, Leela's Shiraz paired deliciously with lamb and duck. Well done to the wine trivia winners.
  • Multi-vintage Shiraz tasting. Canberra loves Shiraz - 42 people, four shiraz, four tasty morsels. A great day.

Wine Club

Wine club is our member’s club.
As a member you get 25% off full priced wines, great specials, first invite to dinners and events, and six delicious wines delivered to your door in May and in November.
Want more information? visit our Wine Club page.

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Cnr Barton Hwy & McIntosh Cct, Murrumbateman


Murrumbateman Winery newsletter winter 2016

With the onset of winter and the chilly Canberra nights I hope you’re keeping warm. Personally, I’m rather partial to spending my evenings sitting by the fire with a glass (or two) of red wine.

In mid March our family expanded to include Tannin, a kelpie cross border collie pup. She's adorable. Scroll down to see a pic of Tannin and find out more about her.

We’ve got some great events coming up including Christmas in July, barrel tasting, Shiraz launch duck and lamb dinner, multi-vintage Shiraz tasting, Mollie’s wine launch dog day and Dinner and a Drop at The Loft at Duxton.

Bob, owner winemaker


Upcoming events

We’ve been brainstorming and we’ve got some great events coming up. For more info on these events check out our Upcoming Events page.

  • 2015 Cabernet launch | Christmas in July dinner. Sorry this one’s sold out already.
  • Barrel tasting, 7 August. A Wine Club members event to have the first taste of our 2016 reds as they’re maturing in barrel
  • 2015 Shiraz launch | Duck and lamb dinner, 13 August. To launch our 2015 Shiraz we’re hosting a duck and lamb dinner. $60pp including a glass of 2015 Shiraz and 2014 Shiraz.
  • Multi-vintage Shiraz tasting, 21 August. Come along and taste our 2006, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Shiraz. Each wine will be served with a delicious morsel designed to enhance your tasting experience. $20pp.
  • Dog day | Mollie’s 2016 wine launch, 3 September. Mollie invites her canine pals and their human companions to a dog day party to launch her 2016 Mollie’s Block Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Dinner night at the Loft at Duxtons, 8 September. We’re partnering with the Loft at Duxtons in O’Connor for a dinner night. More details to come.

Reserve red tasting


Recent events

We’ve hosted a number of events in the last couple of months and we just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone that’s joined us, particularly our Wine Club members.

  • Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. With your help, our scone drive raised $350 for the cancer council. Thanks to Simon McGrath for donating two horseshoe wine holders as raffle prizes.
  • Reserve Red Tasting. On 21 and 22 May we hosted our first Reserve Red Tasting with a four flight tasting and paired cheeses. It was a delicious affair.
  • Mother’s Day. Thank you to all the lovely mums and their families that came along for Mother’s Day lunch on Sunday 8 May
  • Barrel Tasting. On Sunday 24 April we hosted our first barrel tasting, giving those who joined us a sneak peak at our 2015 Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec.
  • Harvest Festival. Thanks to everyone that visited our cellar door for calzones, scones, grape stomping and live music as part of the annual Harvest Festival.

Wine Club

Did you know we have a Wine Club? Members receive:

  • 25% off full priced wines
  • great specials and bin end deals
  • invites to dinners, events and members only activities
  • six wines to your door twice a year.

Last month, we sent out our May wine allocation. Members received a range of wines including reserve stock and vintage wines no longer available for purchase.

If you would like more information or to join our Wine Club visit our Wine Club page.


On 17 March we adopted Tannin from the RSPCA ACT. Tannin, a kelpie cross border collie, is a super cute bundle of energy and absolutely loves meeting new people.

Tannin and Mollie get along well. They love playing of war with their giant rope and chasing each other around the garden.

In the winery

Over the next month we will be bottling our 2015 reds and our 2016 whites and rosé.

Our 2015 Shiraz, Malbec and Cabernet have spent the last 14 months aging in seasoned French oak.To start the bottling process, we transfer the wine from barrel to tank. From here, make adjustments, fine and filter the wine. The next step is to transfer the wine into bottle. Once in bottle the wine needs to sit for six to eight weeks and can then be launched. Over the coming months we will be launching our 2015 reds.

In the vines

With autumn coming to a beautiful end it is now time for us to prune the vines.

Grape vines are pruned in winter when the vines are dormant. Pruning is a vital part of managing the health of the vineyard and ensuring yields for the coming vintage. Regular and heavy pruning controls cane development, improves the quality of the fruit yield and gives us a good insight into the health of individual vines.

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Cnr Barton Hwy & McIntosh Cct, Murrumbateman


Murrumbateman Winery newsletter autumn 2016

I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year. Mollie and I spent Christmas in Brisbane with my brother. Mollie really enjoyed getting to run on the beach.

At the winery, we are in the middle of vintage, our busiest time of year. Read below to find out how it’s going and the wines we’re making in 2016.

We have a number of events coming up over the next few months, including Harvest Festival, barrel tasting, Mother’s day activities and reserve red tasting. More information below.


Bob, Owner and Winemaker

Vintage 2016

The summer heat meant vintage started a few weeks early this year. Our first pick was Mollie’s Block Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes were clean, juicy and full of flavour. We’re really excited about this wine (and so is Mollie, seen left supervising her harvest).

This year we’re expanding our range of reds to include Sangiovese and Tempranillo. These Italian and Spanish varietals are among our favourite wines.

In 2016 we’re also making Riesling, Shiraz Rosé, Shiraz, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Harvest Festival, 9-10 April

Canberra Region Wine Week will be culminating in the annual Harvest Festival on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April.

Visit our cellar door over the Harvest Festival for:

  • Wine tasting, live music and foot stomping on the terrace
  • Chorizo and smoky tomato calzone, matched to our 2014 Merlot Shiraz
  • Roasted pumpkin and sautéed mushroom calzone, matched to Mollie’s Block Sauvignon Blanc
  • Our famous homemade scones with jam and cream.

Barrel tasting, 24 April

Our 2015 reds are currently aging in French oak barrels. On Sunday 24 April at 3pm we are hosting a barrel tasting to give you the opportunity to try our wines before they are bottled and released to the public.

Bobbie will explain the wine making process and give you a guided tasting straight from our Shiraz, Malbec and Cabernet barrels.

Numbers are capped at 15 and tickets ($15 each) are available on our website.

Mother’s Day, 8 May

Treat your mother this Mother’s Day with lunch or afternoon tea at Murrumbateman Winery.

Treat mum to a three part lunch. On arrival, meet the winemaker and enjoy a guided wine tasting with cheese. Then, sit back and relax with a glass of wine and sharing plate lunch of antipasto, sliced meats, dips, salad and bread. Finish off with scones, coffee and fortified wine tasting.

One seating, wine tasting starts at 12, $45/adult. Bookings essential, call 0439 813 913 or email

Afternoon tea
Bring mum out during the afternoon to meet the winemaker and enjoy a guided wine tasting. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine with a selection of cheeses and fresh fruit. Finish off with scones, coffee and a fortified wine tasting.

Afternoon tea from 2.30pm, $30/adult. Bookings essential, call 0439 813 913 or email

Reserve red tasting Day, 21 and 22 May

Our reserve wines are award winning and limited availability wines not offered for cellar door tasting.

Come along for a guided tasting of our winemaker’s reserve reds, including 2012 Shiraz Eli (picture left: Eli with his namesake Shiraz), 2013 Shiraz and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition, your tasting will include an older vintage red from our cellar and paired cheeses.

Tastings will take place at 3pm on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May. Tickets are $15pp and numbers are capped at 18 for each tasting.

More than just wine tasting

At our cellar door you can do more than just taste wine. If you’re thirsty we have wine by the glass, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

If you’re hungry we have cheese plates, dip and olive plates and scones.

Find out more about our cellar door.

Mollie’s RSPCA fundraising

In the week before Christmas Bobbie and Mollie visited the ACT RSPCA to drop off Christmas dog toy donations and to donate funds raised through sales of Mollie’s wine and dog biscuits.

Thank you to everyone who gave toys and bought Mollie's wine and biscuits. Together we donated over 150 toys and $1000.

This is in addition to Mollie’s earlier fundraising efforts of over $700 for the ACT RSPCA via Canberra’s Next Top Dog.

Mollie is continuing to fundraise through online and cellar door sales of her wine and dog biscuits.

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Cnr Barton Hwy & McIntosh Cct, Murrumbateman



Murrumbateman Winery newsletter summer 2015

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas already. Where has the year gone?

Since our spring newsletter we’ve launched two new wines, hosted a ping-pong day, worked hard in the vineyard and participated in the Canberra Wines New Release Tasting at Hotel Realm. In addition Mollie raised over $700 for the ACT RSPCA as a contestant in Canberra’s Next Top Dog 2015.

We’re super excited for Mollie’s Christmas Dog Day this Sunday and hope you can come join in the fun.

Have a merry Christmas, a happy new year and safe holidays.

Bobbie Makin, Owner/Winemaker

Mollie’s Christmas Dog Day

Mollie’s hosting a Christmas Dog Day on Sunday 6 December from 12-3pm. She's encouraging friendly dogs and their human companions to join her.

Mollie has called in her Christmas kudos and organised for Santa to drop in. She's looking forward to having her photo taken on Santa's lap. Santa will be popping by from 1 to 2pm.

There will be something for everyone:

  • Dogs: pats, new friends, tennis balls, dog biscuits
  • Kids: bouncing castle, dogs to pat, totem tennis
  • Adults: wine tasting, dogs to pat
  • Food & drinks: cheese plates, scones, wine, tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Christmas Giving

Christmas means different things to different people. For us, it’s about saying thanks and giving back.

This year, we’ve set up a wishing tree and wishing bone in the cellar door. With your help we’re hoping to donate Christmas presents to children in need and to give every dog at the ACT RSPCA a gift this Christmas.

Gifts can be donated during cellar door hours (Friday to Sunday 10am-5pm) until Sunday 20 December 2015.

Stuck for a Christmas gift idea?

We’ve heard wine makes a great gift. It’s important to make sure you choose the right wine though. Come by the cellar door and have a taste so you can make an informed decision.

If you’re stuck for time, that’s okay too. We’re all busy at this time of year. Did you know our wines can be bought online at We also have gift vouchers available online.


Wine Club

In October we launched our Wine Club.  What’s great about wine club? The wine. Members receive:

  • 25% off cellar door purchases
  • exclusive bin end specials
  • invites to wine dinner and events
  • six wines to your door twice a year.
For more info or to sign up send us an email at

Wine awards

We are proud to add another two awards to our tally this year, bringing the total to two silvers and three bronze.

International Riesling Challenge
Silver, 2015 Riesling

NSW Wine Awards
Bronze, 2015 Riesling

New release wines

Last month we released two new wines.

2015 Shiraz Rosé
This wine displays dark fruit flavours with hints of white pepper and eucalypt mint. It has a good acid structure, dry finish and alluring sweet aroma. A great wine for summer that pairs well with Asian food.

2014 Shiraz
This bold Shiraz has a lively palate of fresh plum and dark cherry with hints of French oak. Aromas of blackberry and white pepper lift this wine and add complexity and depth. Enjoy now or cellar for up to 15 years.

In the vines

The combination of our hard work pruning and preparing the vines and the weather has resulted a great start to the new vintage.

A couple weeks ago the vines started flowering. Each flower has the potential to turn into a grape and we are looking forward to this. The photo to the left shows the Sauvignon Blanc flowering.


Tips to stay cool this summer

  1. Keep your wine cold by freezing grapes and using them as ice cubes.
  2. Drink refreshing dry whites. We’ve heard Murrumbateman Winery’s 2015 Riesling is a great option.
  3. On really hot days, stay inside and enjoy your wine in the comfort of our air conditioned cellar door.

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